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Learning another poker game: is it worth a try?

According to Poker Icon Crandell Addington,
"Limit poker is a science, but no-limit is an art. In limit, you're shooting at a target. In no-limit, the target comes alive and shoots back at you."


April 20, 2020 ( Newswire) Hi, and welcome to our poker blog. By taking a closer look at the quote above, what type of poker comes to mind? You need not rack your brain; if you're a poker enthusiast, then you should know that the variation of poker being spoken of by Addington in that quote is none other than the no-limit hold'em.

Crandell has opted to address the matters of poker from the angle of hold'em because, for many poker players, poker is only hold'em. That is, the only variation of poker known to many players is none other than the hold'em variation (Texas Hold'em).

But wait a sec, is this the only form of poker that is there? Absolutely not!

Poker is not a game for just one country or a sect of people from one region of the globe; instead, poker is a global game. As such, there are different variations and forms of the game, depending on who's asking and who's playing. From 7-card stud to 7-stud/8, Draw to omiqq, Omaha to Omaha/8, Razz to Lowball, poker has evolved into so many different games over the years. And although hold'em is the most popular variation of the game that we know, it is just a type of poker at the end of the day.

Having established that there are other types of poker games, the question to ask yourself is now this: is it worth your while trying to another variation of poker?

Yes, you need to learn a new variation of poker different from the one you're used to. But before I go into the two-point discussion of why you should try and learn a new poker game today, let me first take you through the common arguments of some people who think it isn't worth the while trying out a different form of poker.

Why you shouldn't learn a new poker: some players' opinions

When you speak with a fellow poker player or a friend or an expert about your interest in other poker games, don't be surprised if they tell you things like:

Not to toss the opinions of others into the ocean - because there is an element of reasoning in all the claims above - but there are still some strong reasons for learning a new poker game too. So, let's take a look at these reasons.

Learning a new poker game provides you with an opportunity to win more money.

If I'm going to be candid with you, then I must tell you that not trying your luck at other poker games is actually doing your bankroll more harm than good. For starters, many land-based casinos and online casino sites spread so many poker games aside from the popular hold'em. And guess what? From experience, I can tell you that due to the lower audience at these other games, the quality of play is usually poor and easier than that of hold'em (almost everyone goes to this). As a result of this lesser quality and lowered difficulty, players have a wonderful opportunity to win some money.

In addition, the quality of most of these games is so poor that even if you become moderately skilled at them, you could win as much or far more than you would have won at your regular game, despite not having the same level of expertise in the two.

So you see, not being skilled at all in other poker games means that you wouldn't be able to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

Learning a new poker game will help you with your current game

If the opportunity to win more money isn't enticing enough, at least the opportunity to get better at the one you already love should be reason enough for you to learn another poker game.

When you're stuck on just one poker for long, it becomes habitual. And you start to develop a particular playing style. But while this is a good habit, especially if you're always winning, it does present the risk of you not playing in an optimal thoughtful way occasionally. Yes, you'll be making your money, but at a decent rate because you've grown mentally lazy to try and scared of trying another style different from your winning approach.

But when you learn another poker game, it winds back the clock on your poker basics. You learn the basics of the game in new and varied situations. Faced with situations that are different from your daily hold'em (if you've been playing only hold'em) routine, you will be forced to think out of your hold'em box and challenge your poker stock knowledge. And in the end, you begin to use those parts of your poker brain and knowledge that might have been rendered dormant over the years because of lack of usage.

By and large, you'll be giving more strength and resilience to your muscle of thought, a critical factor that can help you become invisible when you finally return to your regular game.

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